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Report: Rusney Castillo (thumb) will play in winter ball
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo, who had his stint in the Arizona Fall League end early due to a bruised thumb, is slated to resume playing in the Puerto Rican winter league, according to WEEI.com. Rusney will head down to Puerto Rico on Friday and hopes to play in his first game Dec. 2.

The plan is for Castillo to play get close to 100 at-bats in Puerto Rico, while playing in right and center field.

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Report: Giants have shown interest in Jon Lester
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Giants could be in play to sign a starting pitcher this offseason, a source told FOX Sports. San Francisco has shown interest in free agent pitcher Jon Lester.

Lester has already met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves.

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Hanley Ramirez close to deal with Red Sox
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Red Sox are close to a deal with free agent Hanley Ramirez, sources told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. FOX Sports reports Ramirez is traveling to Boston to finalize the deal.

With the Red Sox also agreeing to a deal with third baseman Pablo Sandoval and shortstop Xander Boagerts still on the roster, Ramirez has said he is willing to play other positions, with left field a possibility.

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Pablo Sandoval agrees to five-year deal with Red Sox
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval has agreed to a deal with the Red Sox, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Sandoval is set to receive a deal close to $100 million over five years, sources said.

Sandoval, who is a two-time All-Star, is a career .294 hitter in seven MLB seasons -- all with the Giants. He also has a career .346 on-base percentage, .465 slugging percentage and .811 OPS. He has totaled 106 home runs, 192 doubles and 462 RBI in 869 games.

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Athletics acquire Ike Davis via trade with Pirates
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Athletics announced they acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pirates Sunday.

The Pirates had previously designated Davis for assignment. To acquire Davis, the A’s exchanged international slot money with the Pirates. The A’s traded their international slot 27 and received the Pirates’ 86th international slot. The A’s then designated outfielder Andrew Brown for assignment.

In 2014, Davis hit .233 with 11 home runs and 19 doubles. His best season came in 2012 while playing for the Mets when he hit 30 home runs and had 90 RBI.

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Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez growing more serious in FA talks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Talks between the Red Sox and free-agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez have grown more serious in recent days, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Red Sox are also in play for another high-priced free-agent infielder in Pablo Sandoval, and there are indications that the team could sign both players rather than choosing between one or the other. Ramirez has told teams he's willing to play any position requested, and it's unclear where he'd fit in Boston if the team is able to land both free-agent targets. Throw in the team's talks with former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, and it could be shaping up to be a huge offseason in Boston.

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Indians acquire Charles Brewer for cash considerations
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Indians acquired pitcher Charles Brewer from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations Saturday.

Brewer was designated for assignment by Arizona on Thursday as they tidied up the 40-man roster in preparation for the Rule 5 Draft. He went 11-12 with a 4.46 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 138:48 K:BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings over 29 starts between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in 2014.

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Report: Astros interested in closer David Robertson
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Astros have expressed interest in signing pitcher David Robertson, reports the New York Post.

The Astros are in the market for a closer and the team has contacted Robertson’s agent.

In 2014, Robertson saved 39 games for the Yankees and the team is interested in bringing him back, but are reportedly hesitant to offer him a four-year deal.

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Twins sign Argenis Diaz to minor league deal
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Twins signed second baseman Argenis Diaz to a minor league contract.

Diaz is a career .242 hitter in 22 games.

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Athletics sign Ryan Verdugo to minor league deal
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Athletics signed pitcher Ryan Verdugo to a minor league contract.

Verdugo last pitched at the major league level in 2012, producing a 32.40 ERA in one start.

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